Traverse Connect Holds Virtual Meet the Candidates Forum

Traverse Connect invited the community to ask candidates running for the Michigan House of Representatives questions.

The virtual Meet the Candidates forum on Tuesday was for the 104th district, which encompasses all of Grand Traverse County.  09 22 20 State Rep Candidates Sot.new.01

Dan O’Neil is running on the Democratic side against John R. Roth, a Republican.

Topics ranged from education and childcare to how Gov.Whitmer handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

The candidates also made their cases for being the one to represent the district.

“Having served as a planning commissioner, I understand the ownership people feel in this community. Most people have sacrificed to be part of this community and when you pay a price for something, you feel a sense of ownership,” Dan O’Neil said.

“My experience being a small business person and just being in the tourism industry for most of my adult life, I think it uniquely qualifies me to understand our economy up here better than most,” John R. Roth said.

Next Tuesday, Traverse Connect will hold another Meet the Candidates session for county commission candidates.